I told you about that very hard Santos Mahogany I was going to use for the top, right?
Well, after getting it down off the shelf yesterday I remembered just how heavy it was. I got curious and weighed it. The wood for just the top and apron would be well over 200 pounds! Just the wood!
I was thinking about doing an inlay in the top also. Something simple like a band around the edge so there would be very little chance I would mess it up.
Then I got to thinking about a 3/4” (18mm) piece of plywood for the base. At less than half the weight and way more stable, it would work nice. It would also give me the chance to do some very large scale veneering. I could get really fancy with the veneer before I ever glued it to the top. That will give all the chances I need to get it right.
Now I just have to find a local place to get some non-Chinese plywood since I want this to last through the years.
I figured that 2 sheets of 5’x5’ baltic birch will work just fine with a little left over.
I’ll start this section on the table, with the legs. These will be similar to the chair legs. I won’t be adding the knee blocks since everyone would end up banging their knees on them. (maybe that’s they got the name, huh?)
Here’s the drawing I came up with. Yea, I know that you can’t see it that well, but it looks pretty good.
I’m very happy that there will only be 4 of them this time. After all the practice I had with the chair legs, I’ll be able to do these with my eyes closed!
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX